In the context of the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic, the Villa Gillet is offering for its 2020 edition, from 11 to 17 May, a virtual reinvention of its Assises internationales du roman, this year centered on "The Time of Uncertainty".
The annual festival organized by this leading Lyon institution has two missions: to make the voice of writers in the city heard and that of writers around the world. In the period we are currently experiencing, their words can, more than ever, accompany the many questions that arise, make cultures resonate and bring literary dialogues to life.
Virtual Villa Gillet
Video interviews, unpublished texts, readings by actors: the festival will give the floor to authors from around the world and to major players on the literary scene by broadcasting varied content, every day from 12 noon to 9 p.m.
In a “Virtual Villa Gillet”, the writers will evoke themes that echo the times we experience: the time of uncertainty, but also closed-door situation, the narrative of the other, or the professions of everyday life. The Villa's "Gardens" will offer readings by actors. The “World Literature Bar” will be dedicated to professionnal keynotes when the “Theater” and the “Salon” will respectively offer interviews with the festival's guest authors and unpublished texts around the themes on the programme.
Giving voice to world literature
The festival will also give the floor to authors from around the world. From Mexico to Poland, from Tunisia to China, from the United States to Nigeria, from India to Egypt or Morocco, a variety of voices will resonate.
At a time when the book sector is hard hit, the booksellers, librarians, publishers, festival directors will also be heard. Alongside Chilean authors paying homage to Luis Sepúlveda, who died on April 16, 2020, major players on the literary scene will make their voices heard: Sanjoy Roy, director of Jaipur Literature Festival , Lola Shoneyin, author and founder of the Ake Arts & Books festival in Lagos, Nigeria, Wu Qi, journalist and manager of the One Way Space independent Chinese bookstores , or Nick Barley, director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
The Assises internationales du roman are supported by the Institut français.
Around 30 videos were co-produced by the French cultural network abroad, as part of the partnership established by the Institut français with Villa Gillet. The Instituts français in Brazil, Chile, China, Egypt, India, Israel, Morocco, Nigeria, Poland, Portugal and Tunisia have participated in this partnership.
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